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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214596/early-non-response-to-certolizumab-pegol-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-predicts-treatment-failure-at-one-year-data-from-a-randomised-phase-iii-clinical-trial
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Francis Berenbaum, Thao Pham, Pascal Claudepierre, Thibault de Chalus, Jean-Michel Joubert, Carine Saadoun, Lionel Riou França, Bruno Fautrel
OBJECTIVES: To compare different early clinical criteria of non-response determined at three months as predictors of clinical failure at one year in patients with rheumatoid arthritis starting therapy with certolizumab pegol. METHODS: Data were derived from a randomised Phase III clinical trial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who failed to respond to methotrexate monotherapy. Patients included in this post-hoc analysis were treated with certolizumab pegol (400mg qd reduced to 200mg qd after one month) and with methotrexate...
February 15, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213862/apremilast-a-review-in-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis
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Gillian M Keating
Apremilast (Otezla(®)) is an orally administered, small molecule inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4). Apremilast 30 mg twice daily reduced the severity of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in the phase 3 ESTEEM trials, as well as improving difficult-to-treat nail, scalp and palmoplantar psoriasis. Most patient-reported outcomes, including pruritus and the total Dermatology Life Quality Index, also improved to a significantly greater extent with apremilast than with placebo, with significant improvements in pruritus and skin discomfort/pain visual analogue scale scores seen as early as week 2 with apremilast...
February 18, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213566/a-randomised-phase-iib-study-of-mavrilimumab-a-novel-gm-csf-receptor-alpha-monoclonal-antibody-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Gerd R Burmester, Iain B McInnes, Joel Kremer, Pedro Miranda, Mariusz Korkosz, Jiri Vencovsky, Andrea Rubbert-Roth, Eduardo Mysler, Matthew A Sleeman, Alex Godwood, Dominic Sinibaldi, Xiang Guo, Wendy I White, Bing Wang, Chi-Yuan Wu, Patricia C Ryan, David Close, Michael E Weinblatt
OBJECTIVES: Despite the therapeutic value of current rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments, agents with alternative modes of action are required. Mavrilimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody targeting the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor-α, was evaluated in patients with moderate-to-severe RA. METHODS: In a phase IIb study (NCT01706926), patients with inadequate response to ≥1 synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug(s), Disease Activity Score 28 (DAS28)-C reactive protein (CRP)/erythrocyte sedimentation rate ≥3...
February 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211296/recommendations-for-the-medical-management-of-chronic-venous-disease-the-role-of-micronized-purified-flavanoid-fraction-mpff
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Ronald Bush, Anthony Comerota, Mark Meissner, Joseph D Raffetto, Steven R Hahn, Katherine Freeman
Scope A systematic review of the clinical literature concerning medical management of chronic venous disease with the venoactive therapy Micronized Purified Flavonoid Fraction was conducted in addition to an investigation of the hemodynamics and mechanism of chronic venous disease. Methods The systematic review of the literature focused on the use of Micronized Purified Flavonoid Fraction (diosmin) which has recently become available in the US, in the management of chronic venous disease. The primary goal was to assess the level of evidence of the role of Micronized Purified Flavonoid Fraction in the healing of ulcers, and secondarily on the improvement of the symptoms of chronic venous disease such as edema...
April 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205395/pregnancy-outcomes-and-contraceptive-use-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-women-without-a-chronic-illness-a-comparative-study
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Priyadarshani Galappatthy, Jayan D D Jayasinghe, Sampath C Paththinige, Rezvi M H Sheriff, Lalith S Wijayaratne
OBJECTIVES: To compare the pregnancy outcomes and contraceptive practices in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and women with no chronic illness (WNCI) in a tertiary care referral center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. METHODS: Patients with SLE satisfying American College of Rheumatology criteria for diagnosis and history of pregnancies were recruited from university lupus clinic, National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL). Age-matched women with history of pregnancy and RA were recruited from the rheumatology clinic, NHSL and WNCI from a surgical clinic...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205333/longitudinal-study-of-clinical-prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-predict-study
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Paul Bird, Dave Nicholls, Rina Barrett, Julien de Jager, Hedley Griffiths, Lynden Roberts, Kathleen Tymms, Philip McCloud, Geoffrey Littlejohn
AIM: To assess the association between baseline clinical prognostic factors and subsequent Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28) remission in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Data were collected using point of care clinical software from participating rheumatology centres. Patients aged 18 years or over whose date of clinical onset of RA was within the previous 12-24 months, who had at least 6 months of follow-up data and a DAS28-ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) score recorded between 12 and 24 months from first being seen for RA were included...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199814/baricitinib-versus-placebo-or-adalimumab-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Peter C Taylor, Edward C Keystone, Désirée van der Heijde, Michael E Weinblatt, Liliana Del Carmen Morales, Jaime Reyes Gonzaga, Sergey Yakushin, Taeko Ishii, Kahaku Emoto, Scott Beattie, Vipin Arora, Carol Gaich, Terence Rooney, Douglas Schlichting, William L Macias, Stephanie de Bono, Yoshiya Tanaka
Background Baricitinib is an oral, reversible inhibitor of the Janus kinases JAK1 and JAK2 that may have therapeutic value in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Methods We conducted a 52-week, phase 3, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled trial in which 1307 patients with active rheumatoid arthritis who were receiving background therapy with methotrexate were randomly assigned to one of three regimens in a 3:3:2 ratio: placebo (switched to baricitinib after 24 weeks), 4 mg of baricitinib once daily, or 40 mg of adalimumab (an anti-tumor necrosis factor α monoclonal antibody) every other week...
16, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198994/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features-ipaf-and-radiological-findings-suggestive-of-lymphocytic-interstitial-pneumonia-lip-case-report
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Alicja Płóciniczak, Joanna Goździk-Spychalska, Halina Batura-Gabryel Batura-Gabryel
Interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) is a term to describe individuals with both interstitial lung disease (ILD) and combinations of other clinical, serologic, and/or pulmonary morphologic features, which presumably originate from an underlying systemic autoimmune condition, but do not meet current rheumatologic criteria for a defined connective tissue disease (CTD). Predominantly, interstitial pneumonia arises in the course of an established CTD, but it is not so rare for the ILD to be the first, and possibly the one and only manifestation of a latent CTD...
2017: Adv Respir Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198156/prevalence-of-secondary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-in-indian-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-single-center-study
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Krishna Santosh, Varun Dhir, Surjit Singh, Ashwani Sood, Amit Gupta, Aman Sharma, Shefali Sharma
AIM: To assess the prevalence of secondary Sjögren's syndrome (sSS) and its association with joint damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from northern India. METHODS: Patients included had RA, fulfilling the 1987 American College of Rheumatology criteria, with disease duration of more than 1 year. They were administered a sicca questionnaire that included six questions from subjective criteria of American European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria. Those who answered affirmatively to at least one question underwent Schirmer I test (ocular function) and salivary scintigraphy (salivary gland involvement)...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196778/mucopolysaccharidoses-seen-in-adults-in-rheumatology
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Stéphane Mitrovic, Hélène Gouze, Laure Gossec, Thierry Schaeverbeke, Bruno Fautrel
Mucopolysaccharidoses are a group of rare lysosomal storage diseases including a great number of polymorph syndromes, each being related to a particular mutation responsible for a deficiency of glycosaminoglycan degrading enzymes, leading to an accumulation of glycosaminoglycans in tissues. Many of them are diagnosed in children or teenagers and have a severe prognosis because of organ failure, and are consequently usually not seen by the adult rheumatologist. However, some of them have a more progressive presentation, with musculoskeletal symptoms at the forefront and a lifespan that nearly reaches that of the general population...
February 11, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195061/overview-of-the-preclinical-pharmacological-properties-of-nigella-sativa-black-seeds-a-complementary-drug-with-historical-and-clinical-significance
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E Z Dajani, T G Shahwan, N E Dajani
Nigella sativa (N. sativa, black seeds; or sometimes known by many other names such as the blessed seed by the Arabs, black cumin in the Holy Bible, black caraway and Kalonji in South Asia) has been traditionally used for many years not only as a food but also as complementary drug. It is the objective of this communication to review the evidence-based pre-clinical pharmacological actions of N. sativa as a basis of its existing and potential new human clinical uses. Primary PubMed literature searches and secondary Medline searches were conducted to define N...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194545/to-stop-the-erosion-of-hope-the-dmard-category-and-the-place-of-semantics-in-modern-rheumatology
#12
Jonas Kure Buer
The category of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) emerged in the 1970s to describe drugs capable of altering the long-term destructive course of arthritis. It became a core concept in rheumatology's reorientation towards pharmaceuticals in the late twentieth century. By examining the earliest use of the term "disease-modifying" in scientific publications, this paper identifies the drugs that the category described when it first emerged. Leaning on systematic reviews of each of these drugs towards the end of their career in rheumatology, it then establishes that posterity would not recognize any of these early DMARDs as capable of altering the long-term course of the disease...
February 13, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190865/late-onset-neutropenia-after-rituximab-therapy-in-patients-with-autoimmune-thrombotic-and-hemostatic-disorders-a-single-center-analysis
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Yoshiyuki Ogawa, Kunio Yanagisawa, Takuma Ishizaki, Hiroaki Shimizu, Takeki Mitsui, Akitada Ichinose, Yoshihisa Nojima, Hiroshi Handa
Autoimmune thrombotic and hemostatic disorders, caused by autoantibodies against various factors regulating thrombosis and hemostasis, are rare. Rituximab (RTX) is on occasion used for treating these disorders. Late-onset neutropenia (LON) has been described as a side effect of RTX treatment for patients with hemato-oncological and/or rheumatological diseases but not for those with autoimmune thrombotic and hemostatic disorders. Eleven patients with autoimmune thrombotic and hemostatic disorders received RTX in our institution...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186837/methadone-and-corrected-qt-prolongation-in-pain-and-palliative-care-patients-a-case-control-study
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Katherine M Juba, Tina M Khadem, David J Hutchinson, Jack E Brown
BACKGROUND: Methadone (ME) is commonly used in pain and palliative care (PPC) patients with refractory pain or intolerable opioid adverse effects (AEs). A unique ME AE is its corrected QT (QTc) interval prolongation risk, but most evidence exists in methadone maintenance therapy patients. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to identify QTc interval prolongation risk factors in PPC patients receiving ME and other medications known to prolong the QTc interval and develop a risk stratification tool...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185680/recurrent-pericarditis
#15
M Imazio, A Battaglia, L Gaido, F Gaita
Recurrent pericarditis is the most troublesome complication of pericarditis occurring in 15 to 30% of cases. The pathogenesis is often presumed to be immune-mediated although a specific rheumatologic diagnosis is commonly difficult to find. The clinical diagnosis is based on recurrent pericarditis chest pain and additional objective evidence of disease activity (e.g. pericardial rub, ECG changes, pericardial effusion, elevation of markers of inflammation, and/or imaging evidence of pericardial inflammation by CT or cardiac MR)...
February 6, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185656/subacute-cutaneous-lupus-erythematosus-clinical-characteristics-disease-associations-treatments-and-outcomes-in-a-series-of-90%C3%A2-patients-at-mayo-clinic-1996-2011
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Dema T Alniemi, Albert Gutierrez, Lisa A Drage, David A Wetter
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical presentation, laboratory studies, disease associations, and treatments of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 90 patients with SCLE at Mayo Clinic from January 1, 1996, through October 28, 2011, was performed. RESULTS: The mean patient age at diagnosis was 61 years; 64 patients (71%) were women, and 11 cases (12%) were drug induced (1996-2000, no drug-induced cases; 2001-2005, 2 cases; 2006-2011, 9 cases)...
February 6, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183344/latin-american-challenges-and-opportunities-in-rheumatology
#17
EDITORIAL
Francisco Airton Castro Rocha
The importance of diseases to mankind is very similar worldwide. However, social and environmental issues, not to mention political and individual aspects, affect the prevalence and management of diseases and their outcomes. I present a brief and tentative comment to illustrate that the Latin-American rheumatology community, despite relevant gains in recent years, has some challenges to face in order to improve patient care in our region.
February 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183342/rheumatology-around-the-world-perspectives-from-australia-and-new-zealand
#18
EDITORIAL
Fiona M F McQueen
Rheumatology continues to be an exciting and vibrant specialty for specialists practising in New Zealand and Australia. Clinicians follow treat-to-target regimens to manage peripheral and axial inflammatory arthritides using conventional and biological agents, which have revolutionised management of rheumatic disease over the past two decades. However, optimal clinical practice has significant pharmacoeconomic implications which impact on health funding at a national level, and the advent of biosimilars is keenly awaited...
February 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183330/th17-and-cd24-hi-cd27-regulatory-b-lymphocytes-are-biomarkers-of-response-to-biologics-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Sarah Salomon, Caroline Guignant, Pierre Morel, Gauthier Flahaut, Clément Brault, Clément Gourguechon, Patrice Fardellone, Jean-Pierre Marolleau, Brigitte Gubler, Vincent Goëb
BACKGROUND: The aim was to describe the regulatory B and T cells (Breg and Treg) and T helper 17 (Th17) lymphocytes before and under treatment with biologic drugs, and to assess their potential predictive value as biomarkers of response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: This was a non-randomised, single-centre, prospective study. Patients with active RA (American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) 2010) who required the initiation or switch to any biologic drug except rituximab were included...
February 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182045/thrombotic-microangiopathy-an-unusual-cause-of-renal-failure-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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R Sakthirajan, J Dhanapriya, T Dineshkumar, N Gopalakrishnan, S Murugan, T Balasubramaniyan
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the commonest rheumatological diseases. Renal involvement is not common but can occur as a result of chronic inflammation as part of disease process or drug toxicity. Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and organ failure of variable severity. Only a few cases of TMA in patients with RA were reported to date. We describe a 45-year-old female patient with RA who presented with oliguria and edema. Renal biopsy showed TMA with patchy cortical necrosis...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
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